Vintage KG performance goes for naught as Elite continue to struggle
Paul Lintag on Apr 22, 2017 07:15 PM
Canaleta's vintage scoring performance has to be a positive for Blackwater who has been missing the services of Art Dela Cruz and rookie Mac Belo for quite some time now. However, the Elite should start winning games if they want a shot at the playoffs.
Acquired in the middle of the ongoing Commissioner's Cup, KG Canaleta finally exploded in favor of Blackwater.
However, the end result was same old, same old as the Elite struggled to once again finish off games, dropping a close one to Star on Saturday for the team's sixth setback in seven games in the mid-season conference.
Still, Canaleta's vintage scoring performance has to be a positive for Blackwater who has been missing the services of Art Dela Cruz and rookie Mac Belo for quite some time now.
"Parang iba lang yung pakiramdam ko kanina approaching the game. Siguro parang it's time for me to step up para makatulong sa team ganun," Canaleta said after scoring 27 points against Star, with 16 coming in the opening period.
One bummer to KG's performance, aside from the fact that Blackwater lost, was that the veteran gunner went scoreless in the fourth as the Hotshots started to close in on him on defense.
Fatigue also set it, another bad thing.
"Wala ng space. Hindi na ako nao-open ganun. Tsaka pagod na rin," Canaleta said.
Despite free-falling fast and the playoffs once again looking like they are out of reach, Canaleta maintains that the Elite can still make it through.
He says Blackwater just needs to mature a little bit, something that they can hopefully work on as the PBA goes on another break for All-Star week.
"Maganda yung time na yun, yung All-Star. Kumbaga parang tune up, itu-tune up namin yung mga engine namin," he said.
"Basta positive pa rin kami. Continue working hard, pwede pa eh," Canaleta added.
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